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How To Avoid Sun Damage - Howtouk

The right amount of sun exposure can be beneficial. However, overexposure can cause sunburn, wrinkles, skin cancer, etc. Once you understand the importance of this information,

You can begin to take the following steps to protect yourself from being overexposed to the sun: 

• Make sure that you apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go into the sun, then re-apply it every 2 or 3 hours. It does not matter what month you are outdoors or how hot it is outside, you still need to wear sunscreen. You should know that the SPF stands for the number of minutes you can be in the sun before getting burnt. So, you should choose 1 that will fit the outdoor activity that you are choosing to do.
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The lowest SPF that is recommended is 15 as it will give you 93% protection. Wearing sun cream alone might not be enough, in a recent research produced in the UK showed people that wearing sun cream alone may not be enough because the layer of protection provided by the cream may be penetrated. The researches that conducted the study recommend people take extra care by wearing sunglasses, hats (baseball cap) to provide protection for their face.

• Do not forget about your lips! They need sun protection too. So, make sure to choose a lip balm that has sunscreen in it.

 • It is important to understand that the sun is more intense between 10 AM and 2 PM. Therefore, you should try to stay inside during this time.

 • If you are on the cement or in either the sand or the snow, then the sun's rays will be intensified. So, you should spend as little time there as possible. This is also true whenever you are in water as well.

 • Wear clothes that are made of fabrics that are thick and tightly woven so that you do not get burnt. Wet clothing will also intensify the sun's exposure so try to wear quick-dry materials whenever possible. Avoid wearing clothes that are very light because the skin can be penetrated through very thin clothing. Clothes manufactured from wool are recommended.

 • Wear a hat that has a brim on it. While baseball caps may be more stylish, they will expose your neck to the sun.

 • Wear a protective pair of sunglasses.

 • Whenever possible, you should stay in the shade and out of the sun. When you go to the beach, make sure that you bring a beach umbrella with you.

 • While ex foliating products are good for some parts of your body, they should not be used on your face as they can tear your skin. If this happens and you then go out into the sun you will have an uneven tan.

 • During the summer you should use cleansers and moisturizers that contain alpha-hydroxy acids. These will gently exfoliate your face while also improving both your skin's texture and its tone.

 • If your face feels too greasy in the heat, then you should use an oil-free moisturizer.

 • You should keep a family sun care kit in your car just in case you choose to be in the sun on the spare of a moment. In this kit you should include sunscreen, lip balm with sunscreen in it, hats with wide brims and sunglasses for every member of your family. They even make sunglasses for babies now, so you should be sure to use them.

 • Make sure that you drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday.

 • A recent study carried out by researchers at well-known university in the US found drinking tea could greatly reduce the chances of getting certain skin cancers. It must be stressed however that these cancers were confined to certain cancers and not all.

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